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St Catherine Catholicity Newsletter – October 2016

 We had a joyful start to the new academic year with the celebration of Mass, for parents, governors and staff, at Our Lady and St Michael’s Church on the 7th September. It was a lovely opportunity to introduce our new members of staff to the rest of our school community. We were delighted to follow this by joining with other local Catholic schools to celebrate our annual Deanery Mass on the 13th September, which was held this year at the church of Our Lady and St Michael’s and concelebrated by the priests in the local Deanery.

Dedication of Our Lady and St Michael's Church

It was a privilege to be part of the celebrations to mark the re-dedication of Our Lady and St Michael’s Church, on the 15thSeptember, led by Cardinal Vincent Nichols. It was a very moving experience to witness history being made, in our beautiful Parish Church.  We were particularly proud of those pupils who served at the dedication – they truly represented the Catholicity of the school.

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Parish News

Year 6 Kolbe has attended weekly mass on Fridays for this current half term, and again, we have had many delightful comments, on our pupils behaviour and delivery of their readings, from the local parishioners. We are grateful to Fr David for providing insight on the readings and gospel messages. We would also like to thank the parents, who have accompanied the children to and from the church.  Next half term Year 4 will attend the Friday mass – again we would be pleased if you could join them. Years 3, Alphonsa and Bosco, have begun their preparations to receive the sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist. We ask you to keep the children in your prayers, at this very special time in their lives, as they continue on their journey of faith.

In response to Pope Francis’ call in this Year of Mercy, to rediscover the corporal works of mercy, one of which is to feed the poor, we held a fundraising, ‘Brighten Up Your Harvest Day,’ where the children came to school dressed in brightly coloured clothes. The day culminated in a beautiful Harvest Liturgy, led by our Catholicity Committee; all proceeds went to CAFOD (our Catholic charity).

The Common Good - Community Week

During our Community Week, the pupils lived out their beliefs by reaching out to local people in need. Many classes collected food and 6 Kolbe sorted and distributed it to the local Foodbank.  Our thanks go to Mrs Herbert for teaching the children about the wonderful work the Watford Foodbank does, and for training them as volunteers for a day!

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We would also like to thank Year 5 Tekakwitha for inspiring us all to help our local homeless community by taking part in ‘Crazy Pants Day’.  We know that the Watford New Hope Trust will make great use of all the donated boxer shorts and money to support those less fortunate than ourselves. As well as ‘giving back’, 5 Tekakwitha rounded off the half term with their participation  in the One World Celebration at St Michael’s School, where they delivered a faultless performance on the theme of ‘Mercy.’  As ever, they did us all proud!

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We wish you all a peaceful half-term break, The Catholicity Committee